CalArts Percussion Quartet


March 14, 2006
at the REDCAT theater
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles
8:30 pm

The CalArts Percussion Quartet
Joshua Tarrif
John T. Wash IV
Alan Goldenberg
Neili Sutker

Alan Goldenberg is a third year BFA student in Multi-Focus Percussion at Cal Arts. He was born in Berkeley, California and started percussion studies with his fifth grade music teacher Leonora Gillard. He has been playing percussion for ten years.

Neili Sutker is a 3rd year Bachelors student at CalArts where she studies Multi-Focus Percussion. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley and began playing percussion in her high school marching band after playing the flute and piccolo for 6 years. Neili transfered to CalArts from Los Angeles Pierce College, where she studied Percussion Performance and toured parts of the world with the Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds. Neili's ambitions include touring the world and performing/composing pieces that compare different musical techniques and structures from around the world.

Joshua Tariff has been a percussionist since age 11. Growing up in Massachusetts, Josh was selected to play in numerous ensembles throughout the New England Area through high school, including performing in the National Band and Orchestra festival at Carnegie Hall in 1998 and again in 2000. Josh then continued to perform and teach in various ensembles, music festivals, and clinics all around the country as well as Canada. In 2003, Josh performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Columbus Ohio. In 2005, Josh received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Akron under the direction of Dr. Larry Snider. Besides participating in the symphonic band and orchestra at Akron, Josh was also a member of the Steel Drum band and the African Drumming Ensemble. During his stay at the University of Akron, Josh studied with and performed alongside professional world musicians such as Matt Dudack, Tom Miller, Liam Teague, Bernard Woma and Michael Spiro among others. Josh has premiered over 25 different works for Band, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Percussion solo and this April he will be premiering two works for solo steel drum. Now at age 23, Josh is currently attending CalArts where he is in the process of completing his Masters Degree in Multi-Focus Percussion.

John T. Wash IV will be graduating from CalArts this spring with a BFA in multi-forcus percussion. He transferred from Long Beach City College to CalArts in 2002. He works with various percussion ensembles and bands in the Los Angeles area. After graduation from Cal Arts, he will be going on a U.S. tour with The Procrastinators Urban Percussion Trio.


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